Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Story Behind the River shots... an engagement shoot

Me and Rachel had trouble syncing up the schedule and weather won't cooperate with us..so finally we both decided, rain or shine we will take photos that day.

We are running behind but that only made us more excited to shoot away in this lovely nature.

It is a hidden river park within the city...
I am so glad that we discovered it, thank you very much google :)

I told Rachel that our first shots will be "warm up"... but when we began, they don't really need one..



My couple does not want to walk more but somehow I took them by the bridge and we shoot some photos there, but Rachel saw the river I was talking about.... then she somewhat exclaimed "I want pictures there!"


We are not alone at the river... I don't blame them, this place is a gem...




Getting down is a little bit trickier if you have not been here like I was... Let us see how Rachel and Casey are doing..so far so good ..optimism and more level of excitement are now rushing in on my part..






Okay, I got a little scared now for my couple, ... so I urged them that they don't have to go that far out....

And............

And..........

Ooopsies..........



Rachel was fine by the way :) (Whew!)


And for our final shots ...






I really enjoyed this engagement session...

All the best to my couple Rachel and Casey!

Cameron and White Wedding .. a Sweet Rehash ..

I sat foot very early at the venue... with nobody but the video professionals who were also early birds like I am...

Ahhh.. perfect setting for a near-summer wedding in Atlanta... why is my bride almost 2 hours so far from the venue, I can see it........... I feel her why .. why this particular place... this..



And then my Nyke came, I didn't recognize her at first, then we hugged and she started getting ready. I switched to my busy mode, taking shots of details......




Little miss does not want any picture... but I'm sure Nyke wants some of Precious here so...


And then it is time for the couple to finally tie the knot...


Big sis had to step in for the flower petals... she is happy to do it, way to go!!


Here comes the bride...........



And then the two became one...



We had some kayakers in the background...and these curious girls are checking them out...



And here are my favorite bride and groom shots that day...




Congratulations Kevin and Nyke...



Sunday, May 8, 2016

Engagement at the Natural History Museum




 They wanted to celebrate their engagement by taking photos at their future wedding venue. 

Even busy with museum goers, it did not stop us :) 

We stayed clear of the dinosaurs ;-) 




 Note Sarah's custom-art shoes, this guy gave it to her when he proposed! 













The best part of the session was these two trying to play music with the piano..





Sunday, April 10, 2016

What's in Jekyll Island...

I always wanted to come here but never had the chance, but finally last week, my husband took me and the kids to this awesome place.

Our first stop was the Historic District.. if you are trying to go on a dolphin tour, you have to go to the Beachdrive Road.. Both morning and afternoon tours were booked so we had to alter our itinerary.



Such a nice place really!! A lot of kids and adults riding their bikes, literally everywhere...
Love the natural shade that the giant trees give to the tourists like us...

We heard about the Driftwood beach so we checked the place out. I love, love, love the driftwood beach... but my kids don't :) They are looking for "real" beach.


So after a quick lunch at the Beach village (we had some fried shrimp and fries at Love Shack in Jekyll market suite), we headed to Sand Dunes park (or beach).

It was low tide so we were able to walk on part of the dried up "ocean floor". My daughter collected sand dollars and small shells.




Some random "mud" kids...




After 2 hours at the beach, the sun got too hot for my hubby and I.. sorry kids... let us go back to the Historic District and wait for our tour (not until 6pm LOL)...

We took them to ride their bikes along the beachview drive.

There's even a version of "kalesa" (Kalesa: noun, a horse-drawn carriage used in the Philippines. It was one mode of transportation introduced to the islands in the 18th century by Spanish colonizers)




My son got anxious about the dolphin tour. We told him it's when the captain rings the bell and it's at 6:30pm.

After few more minutes of waiting, he was funny as he said "DING!! 6:30"... Hahaha.

But it didn't take long, our wait was over.
We spotted birds...by the bridge.


I was unable to take a single photo of a dolphin in "full" because they were too quick as they swim around us in the spot where the captain took our boat.

I did have some shots of the awesome sunset of Jekyll... ah..........



Bye dolphins, said my kids...


I love Jekyll...



Hello Okefenokee

Last spring break, we wanted to see Mema (aka grandma). Since her city is close to Okefenokee Swamp and we have never been there, we took a day trip to the famous swamp with our Mema. 

The Okefenokee is the largest blackwater swamp in North America.

We were not satisfied by what the swamp park in Waycross is to offer us so we drove farther to Folkston to the Wildlife Refuge. We had lots of detour on the way but we made it by 4pm..  

Another family spotted baby gators quick as we were driving towards inside..

Then few minutes later, we spotted a gator on the side of the road...



We wanted to go to the famous board walk. I wanted a wide and long shot of  the trees and the road, so I urged my family to drive ahead of me as I walked behind them...


Nope.. I didn't get got by the gator :)






There's a raccoon!!



If you climb the observatory (aka tree house), a pretty view of the swamp beholds you.. We did arrive at the best time of the day to be at the swamp. 

My kids peeking at their Mema from below :D


On the way back we spotted the same gator at the same spot (We were debating if it was a statue.. Mema wanted to throw a stick to test it). But judging from 2 photos, it did move or changed its angle so only after I downloaded the photos we decided the gator was real ;-)


Bye Okefenokee, hoping to come back... next time we will definitely try the boat tour to see more wildlife :)